Will the Bedrooms Are For People initiative change occupancy rules for families?
No, families are protected by existing federal laws that prevent cities nationwide from discriminating against them. Currently in Boulder, families are allowed to have an unlimited number of people living together, and that would remain the same when our measure passes.. Our petition only expands housing options for everyone. It would not—and could not—change those legal protections for families. Bedrooms Are For People supports families!
What about safety?
Additionally, our ballot measure includes the phrase, "All International Building and Residential Code Limits Shally Apply", which means that all safety codes regulating how many people can safely live together (based on square footage and other building conditions) shall supersede any occupancy allowances.
How is “Bedroom” defined?
There are several requirements that need to be met in order for a room in a home to be considered a legal bedroom. Here are some of the key requirements:
Size: A bedroom must have 70 square feet of floor space, with a minimum of 7 feet in one direction. (In other words, an enclosed porch 5 feet wide will never qualify.) Furthermore, at least half of the ceiling must be at least 7 feet tall.
Access: You may not access a bedroom by passing through another bedroom. Each bedroom must have its own access to a hallway or communal space.
Egress: A bedroom must have two points of egress or “exit points”. For example, a bedroom must have both a door and a sufficiently large window.
Heat: Bedrooms must have some source to keep them warm, whether it's a heating unit, a radiator, or a vent from the furnace. It must be able to keep the room at 68 degrees. A space heater does not qualify as an acceptable heat source.